Pollution, climate change, global warming – these are all buzzwords you have probably heard more than several times in the past months or even years. Some call it a ‘hoax’, while scientists are alarmed. If you have watched the latest Blue Planet series, you must be seriously distressed by now. On every other day, we emit 110 million tons of pollution and thus heat causing global warming, into the atmosphere. This is a massive number, it can be compared to the equivalent of 400,000 Hiroshima bombs being detonated every single day.
Why does the heat have so much power to disrupt our entire global community? Simple, because it disrupts the natural hydrological cycles leading to a chain of events, from drought and fire in some areas to stronger storms and floods. This unfolds tragedies with many species of animals becoming endangered or substantially decreasing in numbers, to refugee crises and political instability.
The good news is that action can still be taken against it, and at its core it is our responsibility as inhabitants of the Planet to take it.
Change starts at home
From things like cycling and using public transportation instead of your car, or reducing food waste and recycling, to trying to waste less water and energy, there are many ways you can start helping right now. If you are remodelling your house or plan on doing it any time soon, why not weigh in how you can also benefit the planet?
Setting up an external wall insulation can prevent up to 40% of heat being lost from the house. This will help keep cool during those warm summer days, and warm during the wintery cold ones, not to mention the lower bill. You can also go for a water conserving system for the kitchen and bathroom. Installing solar panels – if possible, might sound expensive, but in long-term it has proven to be cost efficient and a great way of using renewable energy. Choose an eco-friendly paint to prevent chemical ingredients from evaporating into the atmosphere as the paint is getting dry.
When making decisions about your furniture, try to think about how you can refresh it instead of replacing it. If it is truly the case you want a different one, donate what you have and try to buy reclaimed ones.Another sustainable idea for both you and the environment is focusing on energy saving when remodelling. Think about how you can allow more natural light and make best use of it. Take into consideration changing those old halogen bulbs to LED ones. They use as much as 90% less energy!
It may not sound like much and there is a tendency of disbelief in the so-called snowball effect to happen, but small streams make great rivers. By doing things like just by keeping in mind some eco-friendly facts when you are remodelling your house will make a difference.